Thursday, March 22, 2012

Horses, health, and humanity

Karin Hauenstein — From recent news, it is getting known that America is bringing horse slaughter back on its soil. What the proponents of Commercial Horse Slaughter in the U.S. are not taking into consideration is the fact that the end “product” of this industry contains adrenaline and cortisol in levels far higher than what is not allowed in beef by law and regulated by the USDA.

If you want a real education yourself, Google “Commercial Horse Slaughter” and you will get one. This abhorrent practice was ill-regulated and only cursorily inspected for meat quality, with the standards at all U.S. Commercial Horse Slaughter Plants in the U.S. being almost non-existent. Someone was protecting this industry before, but no longer. The American Horse Racing Industry was feeding it. Are they still? Officially, No. Behind the scenes and out the back gates, Yes.

In Commercial Beef Slaughter, they call it “dark cutting”. Google that and you will get an education about the toxic hormones and steroids that are making their way into your hamburgers and steaks (especially fast food beef.) It causes Cancer and other disease in humans and causes the Commercial Beef Slaughter Industry’s largest financial losses every year.

Equines and bovines are completely different species of animals. The equine senses are better than canines and their herd mentality extremely keen. It is virtually and practically impossible to kill a horse humanely in a commercial setting. The proponents of this issue are lying to everyone and the proof will come in the toxicology reports that will be mandated by the lawsuits filed against them and the USDA for attempting to distribute harmful levels of these toxic hormones and steroids to the population.

Every single head-shot horse is a “bad kill” with their autonomic endocrine systems delivering extreme amounts of adrenaline and cortisol throughout the flesh after the shot. The evidence of this is in the pulsing of the horse post-shot. Review some Commercial Horse Slaughter videos and see for yourself. This also happens in slower, dumber bovines at a much lesser rate, but is supposedly tracked and managed by USDA officials on their lines—the same USDA that is already stressed and thin in ranks because of the economic budget issues our country is facing.

The evidence that will make this “product” illegal is scientific. The Commercial Beef Slaughter Industry is already suppressing information regarding the levels of adrenaline and cortisol that are making their way into U.S. diets, causing cancer and other diseases. All of this will come to light with further scrutiny.

I thank the proponents of Commercial Horse Slaughter in the U.S. for being so outspoken with their propaganda and misinformation to bring so much attention to this issue. We all need to make a concerted effort to know exactly what we are ingesting and stay away from products that are proven harmful to our health.

Humane Chemical Euthanasia is and has always been the only humane method of getting rid of "unwanted" horses. It costs less than one month's feed and board. Rendering of carcasses is available in many communities.

Humanity cannot be legislated; toxic levels of hormones and steroids in meat consumed by humans can be. Please, consider this in the battle against Commercial Horse Slaughter.

About the Author

Karin Hauenstein is a horse activist who protests via horse rides through the country against commercial horse slaughter. Her mission is to end commercial horse slaughter in the US and put an end to cruelty against horses. Visit her website at to read more about her work.